|Article Abstract:||We mentioned the former Union Steam Ship Company vessel MAHENO only recently in Vol.51, No.4 and Vol. 52, No.1 under the name of CARLA E (4,092 gross tonnage, built 1969). In July 2003 she was sold to Princenton Shipping, Quebec, Canada, renamed SANTA EMMA and registered under the Panamanian flag. In January 2004 she sailed from Piraeus to Cape Tormentine, Canada, where Transport Canada detained her because of structural defects, faulty navigation and firefighting equipment, a deficient general alarm, loadline deficiencies and defective fuel tanks. Her crew left her a few days after she was detained and she remained laid up pending repairs. In December 2004 ownership was reported to have passed to Rikan Shipping of Liberia. She broke her mooring lines in high winds on 28th April 2005 at Cape Tormentine, Canada, and drifted aground between the former government ferry wharf and the breakwater at Cape Tormentine, about fifty metres further down the pier from her original position, with a fifteen degree starboard list. She had been brought to Tormentine with plans to use her to ship peat moss. Cape Tormentine is in New Brunswick, near the town of Shediac. She was aground in position 46008’N.,63047’W. Coastguard staff from Charlottetown (on Prince Edward Island) monitored the vessel for leaking diesel.
Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick, is the easternmost point in the province and was originally a ferry port linking to Borden, Prince Edward Island from 1917 to 1997. The ferry service was replaced by the Confederation Bridge, between Borden and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, three kilometres northwest, causing the small community of just under six hundred people to be bypassed. The village lost not only the ferry but its prosperity as well. Hope was to be restored with the announcement of the injection of new money under a Cape Tormentine redevelopment programme, the federal government having pledged Can$1.8 million to help offset the closure of the ferry terminal. Perhaps that is what was behind the plan to ship peat moss.
Subsequent news on 29th April 2005 said that SANTA EMMA was a derelict Panamanian-registered cargo ship that had been docked in the Cape Tormentine “A-dock” since January 2004. She was aground between the dock and the breakwater, with a hole in her stern. Several thousand litres of fuel oil in her bunkers posed a pollution threat and were removed from the ship. [This is the complete article]